Nov 13, 2015

"There is no use getting all the rats of as sinking ship. Not everyone is going to get into compliance, get over it!"

Best public comment by a speaker around 3:20 p.m. at this afternoon's planning commission meeting.

Aaron Coffelt identified as dead body in Eel River

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, a Humboldt County Deputy Coroner responded to the Rio Dell river bar for a dead body located in the Eel River. The body has been positively identified as 44 year old Aaron Coffelt, of Rio Dell. The Rio Dell Police Department was notified that Coffelt was missing after he and some friends were drinking under the bridge. The Rio Dell Fire Department and Scotia Fire Department responded to the river bar and assisted with the investigation. It was determined the people drinking with Coffelt left the river bar but Coffelt didn’t. It is unclear how Coffelt’s body ended up in the river. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17, 2015 to determine the cause of death.

Terra Carver of Manhard Consulting tells Planning Commissioners she predicts "a tsunami" of medical marijuana growers coming into compliance

"The amount of people trying to get into compliance is overwhelming,"said Terra Carver, a consultant  with Manhard Consulting. "I project a tsunami." She said there are risks for those coming into compliance, those who are doing so are doing it voluntarily, she said.

Difference between the evening meeting after 6 p.m. where over 100 people attended, about 25 this afternoon were in attendance at the Planning Commission meeting on the medical marijuana ordinance.

California Cannabis Voice Humboldt's Luke Bruner and Bonnie Blackberry were in attendance.

There were written comments submitted which included Andre Carey of CCVH, Bruner, Ken Miller, Allison Edrington and Jessi Bergsma Rockenbach from the Mattole Sustainable Farmers Guild.

Select excerpts from the written comments:

Bruner said there were three critical issues that were discussed at the November 12 meeting and his comments elaborated on four points: Processing of cannabis on the farm, processing of cannabis off the farm, where to set thresholds for ministerial, special and conditional permits and compiled recommendations.

Bergsma Rockenbach : "There seems to be a general attitude among the public and in some of the Planning Commission that allowing more farms to come into compliance is somehow allowing more farms to operate, when in reality, the farms already exist and will continue to operate either way, regardless. Allowing less farms to come into compliance means promoting more farms to stay in the black market, period."

Bergsma Rockenbach : "Law enforcement's stick has been the only tool used against growers in this county up to this point. As has now been proven over a decades long campaign, this does nothing to stop the growth of the black market."

I will always be a strong voice for the fishing community. Thank you again to all my supporters."

First comment by Susan Rotwein since the results came out.

Just spoke with Susan Rotwein, she said, "I want to thank all my supporters," she said. "I learned a lot and met some incredible people I might not have met without this campaign. I will continue to be involved with Woolley Island and the Harbor District. I will always be a strong voice for the fishing community. Thank you again to all my supporters."

Reached for comment about the results, Nick Angeloff basically agreed with Hank Sims' take on election night

Greg Dale 2,367 votes. Nick Angeloff 1,313 votes.

Election results link.

I just spoke with Angeloff and he said, "I could not get the vote out. I will keep moving forward to support economic development in Humboldt County."

He added that he agrees with Hank Sims take on election night that he was not able to overcome Greg Dale's popularity and that this election was not about the issues.

Patrick Higgins wins by 81 votes

Just spoke with Susan Rotwein, she said, "I want to thank all my supporters," she said. "I learned a lot and met some incredible people I might not have met without this campaign. I will continue to be involved with Woolley Island and the Harbor District. I will always be a strong voice for the fishing community. Thank you again to all my supporters."

Patrick Higgins 2,252 votes. Susan Rotwein 2,171.

Greg Dale 2,367 votes. Nick Angeloff 1,313 votes.

Election results link.

Steven Upton and victim knew each other, victim's injuries are not life threatening

On 11/12/15 at approximately 5:43 p.m., EPD officers responded to multiple reports of shots being fired near Grant and D Streets.  As officers were responding to the scene, additional calls came in reporting there was a female gunshot victim at an apartment in the 1000 block of E Street.  Officers responded to the apartment and located the victim.  The apartment was secured and medical personnel responded to the scene.  The victim was transported by medical personnel to St. Joseph Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim was alert and talking when she left the scene.

Witnesses at the scene described seeing a male subject running from the apartment wearing a dark gray or black hooded sweatshirt and black beanie.  The suspect ran south on E Street from the apartment and then west on Clark Street.

Detectives from our Criminal Investigation Section and our Problem Oriented Policing unit responded to the scene.  Information garnered early in the investigation helped us identify the suspect as Steven Nicholas Upton of Eureka.  A county-wide bolo for Upton was released to all Law Enforcement Agencies requesting Upton be arrested for attempted murder if located.  The same information was provided to the media on scene advising the public that Upton should be considered armed and dangerous and to report any sightings to law enforcement immediately.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., EPD received information from law enforcement personnel in Trinity County that they had stopped and detained Upton as a result of a traffic enforcement stop on Hwy 36.  They advised they recognized Upton from pictures that were shared on social media sites.
POP Detectives responded to the location of the traffic stop and took custody of Upton.  The vehicle he was driving was also seized as evidence and transported back to Eureka where it will be processed.  Upton was interviewed by detectives and then booked at the Humboldt County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and a probation violation.

This was not a random act of violence.  Upton and the victim know each other, however the exact motive for the shooting is still unknown.

The victim was treated at St. Joseph Hospital for two gunshot wounds.  One to the leg and one to her hand.  She was flown to an out of the area hospital due to her injuries.  Her injuries are not expected to be life threatening.

Humboldt County Elections office relocating to bank plaza after Umpqua bank moves employees to 5th and H

Have this from a reliable source. Waiting for Kelly Sanders to confirm moving date. Just spoke with Ms. Sanders, they have looked at the space but no lease agreement yet.

Steven Upton arrested early hours this morning, located in Trinity County

Just spoke with EPD's Brittany Powell about the shooting at Grant and E last night. Steven Upton was taken into custody in the early hours of the morning today. He was located in Trinity County.

Mums the word on more until the press release. Briefing going on now.

Charles Huntzinger arrested for allegedly stabbing his brother

On Thursday, November 12, 2015 at approximately 11:45 a.m. Investigators with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office arrested 44 year old Charles William Huntzinger, Jr. on a Ramey warrant. The Ramey warrant was issued by the Humboldt County Superior Court for PC664/187(a) – Attempted Murder and PC245(a)(1) – Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Huntzinger was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the Ramey warrant.
On 10-26-2015 at 9:03 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a residence located in the 400 block of Railroad Avenue, Blue Lake, regarding an assault that had just occurred. When deputies arrived on scene they located a 30 year old male victim, who had been stabbed several times by his older brother, 44 year old, Charles William Huntzinger Jr. Medical arrived on scene and the victim was transported to a local hospital. The victim is currently in stable condition. Charles Huntzinger fled the scene prior to deputies arrival.
The crime scene was secured and Investigators with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office were contacted and arrived on scene to take over the investigation. A search warrant was obtained for the crime scene. Investigators then processed the scene and collected evidence and spoke to witnesses related to the assault.
At this time it is unclear why the suspect, Chuck Huntizinger attacked his brother with a knife. The area was checked for Chuck Huntzinger with negative results.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Be on the Lookout (BOL) to other law enforcement agencies to arrest Charles Huntzinger for attempted murder. Charles Huntizinger is described as a Native American, male, 6’-3”, 145 pounds, with short black hair.

Steven Upton in custody for E Street shooting last night

Steven Upton is in custody. EPD to release official press release at 10 a.m. today.

Nov 12, 2015

Steven Upton being sought in E street shooting same guy who refused to testify in the Bodhi Tree case

There are several media reports about a woman being shot at Grant and E street.

I lived across the street from that building several years ago.

 The alleged suspect being sought is Steven Upton, the same guy that refused to testify in the Bodhi Tree case. He was held in contempt by Judge Dale Reinholtsen.

He is the one that took Rhett August to the hospital after he was shot last year.

Eureka Police Department Press Release:

On 5/12/13, at about 7:30 PM, a Eureka Police Department officer on uniformed patrol saw a black 1999 Mercedes sedan traveling westbound on the 200 block of 14th Street, Eureka. The officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the Mercedes for an observed vehicle code infraction. The driver of the Mercedes, later identified as Steven Nicholas Upton, yielded on the 1300 block of ‘A’ Street.
Upon contacting Upton, the officer recognized him and recalled he was presently wanted for a recent felony domestic violence offense. The officer subsequently took Upton into custody. During a search incident to his arrest, the officer located several grams of marijuana and drug use paraphernalia on Upton’s person. The unemployed Upton was also suspiciously found to be in possession of multiple $100.00 and $50.00 dollar bills. Additionally, Upton’s 32-year-old male passenger was on felony probation
Officers conducted a search of Upton’s vehicle. Under the driver’s seat, officers found a loaded .40 caliber Walther P99 semi-automatic pistol. A criminal history check confirmed Upton was a convicted felon and thus prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
Upton (age 23) was arrested for carrying a concealed loaded firearm in a vehicle, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition. He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the aforementioned felony offenses in addition to the separate domestic violence charge.

Eureka Police Department Press Release:

 On 11/14/12, at about 10:00 AM, investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit conducted a probation search at an apartment located on the 1400 block of Bay Street, Eureka. This was in response to complaints that non-renters had illegally moved into the apartment resulting in increased “traffic” there.
Investigators contacted Steven Nicholas Upton (age 22 of Eureka) and his girlfriend, Beatrice Braheda Runner (age 24 of Eureka), inside the apartment. A records check confirmed Runner had 5 active warrants for her arrest for offenses including possession of a controlled substance, petty theft, and possession of marijuana. Runner was also currently on formal probation for possession of a controlled substance.
During a search of the apartment, investigators located a loaded .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver, ammunition, and approximately 24 ½ ounces (1.5 pounds) of processed marijuana bud packed for sale in multiple bags. Investigators also found additional evidence of drug sales activity including a digital scale, indicia indicating narcotics trafficking, packaging materials, $1,550.00 cash (suspected drug sales proceeds), and a large quantity of cutting agents (MSM and super lactose powder--A cutting agent is a chemical/substance used to "cut" (dilute) illicit drugs to increase profits). The MSM was packaged in a manner and appearance made to look as if it was approximately 1 ½ ounces of crystal methamphetamine for sale in 5 individual baggies.

Upton and Runner were arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked for possession of marijuana for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully selling, giving away, or using a controlled substance and other drug related offenses. Additionally, Runner was arrested and booked on her warrants.

"We pulled over the DMV area and were swarmed by a bunch of cops"

Afternoon testimony in the Jason Warren case started off with the jury seeing color video relating to the specific times from Detective Cheryl Franco's testimony this morning showing Jason Warren coming to Dorothy Ulrich's home, working on surveillance camera, you see a clear shot of him, and events leading up to his exit from Ulrich's home on September 27, 2012.

After the video, the jury heard the audio of Dorothy Ulrich pleading for her life.

Detective Franco's testimony took up most of the afternoon session as well. At 4 p.m. Warren's wife, Ti-san-che Lincoln took the stand. She is still married to Jason Warren. She did not look at him, other than to identify him in court.

Today's testimony focused on their on and off relationship, separation, the fact that they were married but not living together, due to his incarceration.

When Mr. Paul Sequeira asked her about the incoming calls and missed calls from Eddie Koch's number on September 27, 2012, she said that she did not recognize the number. She listened to Warren's messages after her college classes that morning and "as soon as I heard his voice, I erased it."

She said she met with Warren outside Koch's house, she did not offer him a ride back to Hoopa and told him to ask her friend who was driving. She described that about three blocks away from Koch's house, she told her friend that there were lights on behind the. "We pulled over the DMV area and were swarmed by a bunch of cops."

Lincoln's testimony will resume Monday morning.

DA's office adds charges of sexual penetration by a foreign object, criminal threats and false imprisonment by violence in additton to forcible rape against Markis Shirley

Markis Shirley who was held to answer on the charge of forcible rape after his preliminary hearing, was arraigned on information this afternoon in Courtroom 1. The District Attorney has filed three additional counts against Shirley for the jury trial.

Count 1 is forcible rape, Count 2 is sexual penetration by a foreign object, Count 3 is forcible threats, Count 4 is false imprisonment by violence.

Oct 28, 2015

Markis Shirley held to answer on forcible rape charge; he laughed as victim tearfully testified about her being brutally raped him

A preliminary hearing for Markis Shirley was held this morning. He is charged with one count of forcible rape.

After testimony by the victim, her friend and EPD detective Ron Harpham, Judge Dale Reinholtsen held Shirley to answer on the charge of forcible rape.

Arraignment on information will be November 12 at 2 p.m.

DDA Stacey Eads subbed in for her colleague Ms. Brie Bennett. Conflict Counsel's Mr. David Lee is representing Shirley. The investigating officer is EPD's Detective Ron Harpham.

The victim, Jane Doe testified this morning, followed by her friend,  Nathan King, and the preliminary hearing was continued to this afternoon at 2:30 to wrap up with Detective Ron Harpham's testimony. Two victim witness representatives were in court this morning as was an unidentified older African-American lady, known to Shirley, who interrupted Doe's testimony and was admonished by Judge Dale Reinholtsen. Four other supporters for Shirley showed up in the afternoon.

Race was not brought up by the People but in his cross, Mr. Lee asked Jane Doe about Shirley being African American and her being Caucasian. This was in reference to how Shirley and,Jane Doe met. The victim is an escort and also trims for a living. According to her, Shirley came to her hotel room as a potential client, he did not have the money and instead of leaving, he allegedly raped her. Jane Doe said race was not an issue as long as the client was clean cut and treated her with respect.

Before court started, Mr. Lee talked with Shirley and asked if he would plead to the rape charge, Shirley refused.

Ms. Eads said that the People intended to provide additional evidence and add/amend charges to include criminal threats, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon other than a firearm. This was so that the People have the opton of filing additional charges for jury trial. Judge Reinholtsen said if the evidence is shown, the District Attorney's office can file additional charges.

Today's testimony opened the door for that possibility.

The victim testified how Shirley threw her on the bed, forced her face into the bed when she tried to speak, threatened to cut her unless she was a good girl". She broke down on the stand.

Shirley laughed during points of her testimony and again, when Detective Harpham testified about Shirley being apprehended and resisting arrest.

I will have posts later with detailed testimony from the witnesses.

Oct 15, 2015

$150, 000 bail set for sexual assault suspect Markis Shirley, he mouths "wtf" in court

Markis was just arraigned in Courtroom 5. On the new felony, sexual assault charge, the bail was set at $150,000.

There is one count in the new case which is rape by force/violence and duress. PC 261 (a) 2.

He also has other cases.

DDA Brie Bennett prosecuting. Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis representing Shirley.

A woman was in court to support Shirley. She was admonished by bailiff for trying to talk to him. Shirley mouthed "wtf" to her later as bail was set and he was being served with a CLETS order in court.

Markis also has other pending cases with charges that include taking a vehicle without an owner's consent, driving with a suspended and revoked license and failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility.


On 10/13/15 at about 10:29 a.m., an Officer with the Eureka Police Department spotted Markis Shirley walking near the 2500 block of Union Street.  After a quick foot pursuit, Shirley was taken into custody near the 2500 block of California Street. 
Shirley was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for sexual assault. 

Original Press Release:

On 10-4-2015, at about 0555 hours, Eureka Police Officers responded to a locale downtown motel for a report of a rape that just occurred. Investigators have developed probable cause to arrest Markis Shirley for the sexual assault. If any person has information where Shirley is located call EPD Dispatch Center at 441-4044. If any person has information about this crime please contact Detective Harpham at 441-4305.

Shirley is described as a BMA, about 6’1”, 135 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. 

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County to provide additional money towards Reentry Resource Center which will cost 21.5 million

Project will take three to five years. Cost 21.5 million, state funding was 20 million.

CAO, HCSO, Probation, Mental Health and Public Works all colloborated on this project.

Current probation facility will be relocated to this new facility.
Probation representative  said they realized reentry services were "a crucial part missing in our community." This was a quote from Shaun Brenneman, Division Director of Adult Services.

All these resources will come under one roof, said Sheriff Mike Downey. "This is not a quick fix, but step in the right direction. We will see fruits in four to six years."

Not just for those incarcerated but also those on court supervised probation.

Humboldt County CAO Phillip Smith-Hanes said that what sold the state was that "this is a great multi use facility, opportunity to preserve parking, have secure beds and programs under one roof."

The business community is very supportive of these efforts, said Sheriff Downey and Supervisor Rex Bohn.

Humboldt County gets twenty million to build the Humboldt County Corrections Reentry Resource Center

Today the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) that the proposal turned in by the County was successful and that the County has been awarded $20,000,000 to build the Humboldt Community Corrections Reentry Resource Center (HCCRRC).
This was a collaborative effort by HCSO, Humboldt County Probation, Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, Humboldt County Public Works, and the Humboldt County Administrators Office to build a “one-stop-shop” to serve the AB 109 population in Humboldt County.
The HCCRRC will be a two story structure (approximately 23,000 square feet) located at the corner of 5th & K streets, next to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. The first level of the structure will contain the Probation Department’s Day Reporting Center, HCSO’s Sheriff’s Work Alternatives Program (SWAP) office, and DHHS Behavioral Health clinical mental health and substance abuse counseling office and program space. This level will focus on the out-of-custody programing.
The second level will be a 44 bed reentry facility designed to assist inmates who are nearing their release dates prepare for their reentry into the community. Inmates housed in this facility will be afforded training and services that will help increase their chances for a successful life and career after jail.
Sheriff Mike Downey believes this is a great opportunity for Humboldt County. He believes through the collaboration with Probation and Mental Health, the enhance services will help reduce recidivism in the county and make it a safer place to live

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey is holding  a press conference shortly regarding SB863 – Local Adult Criminal Justice Facilities Construction Funding. The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) approved the County of Humboldt’s request for funding.

The press conference will be held at 2:30 p.m. today.

Out of $500,000 it was recommended that Humboldt County get $20,000. Trinity County and Napa got $20,000. Butte $40,000 and San Francisco $80,000.

POP drug bust on Union Street results in $12,000 cash from alleged heroin sales

On 11/12/2015 at about 7:00am Agents from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Eureka Police Department Problem Oriented Policing unit served a search warrant at a house on the 2100 block of Union Street in Eureka. The warrant was based on an investigation into heroin sales from the residence, and was partially in response to citizen complaints from the neighborhood.
A total of seven people were detained at the property, including two people living in a tent in the back yard and one living in a garage.
Agents discovered over three ounces of heroin packaged for sale, scales, packaging materials, and over $12,000 in cash suspected of being the proceeds of heroin sales. Agents also discovered a shotgun and a handgun that had the serial number removed.
Jesse Lee Martin, age 36, was arrested for possession of heroin, possession of heroin for sales, possession of a firearm with the serial number removed, possession of a loaded firearm while possessing heroin, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and maintaining a place for selling drugs.
Michael Stephen Healy was arrested for an outstanding warrant and for failure to register as a sex offender. The other five subjects were released at the scene.

As usual, Tuluwat short on fact checking, big on bs, Luke Bruner has nothing to do with the department head meeting regarding cannabis this afternoon

Department heads are getting together to work out assignments, details on cannabis regulations.

It took me less than a minute to check on this with the County and another 30 seconds to call Luke.

Luke is an accessible guy, Tuluwat likes to call a lot of people out, too bad they can't pick up the phone and check facts.

Michael Otis Springs arrested yesterday for the alleged burglary from Trinidad Water Treatment Plant

On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at about 10:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a transient camp in Orick for the arrest of Michael Otis Springs. Springs was arrested without incident and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. He was booked for PC459 – Burglary, PC836.6(b) – Escape/attempt escape after arrest, PC496(a) – Buy/receive stolen property less than $950, PC488 – Petty Theft, PC148(a)(1) – Otherwise resist public officer, and PC148.9(a) – False Identification to peace officer.
Springs’ bail has been set at $25,000. The handcuffs he originally escaped in were recovered.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

On 11-05-2015 at about 9:13 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies were investigating several recent burglaries from the Trinidad Water Treatment Plant in Trinidad. The deputies went to a residence located in the 500 block of Old Wagon Wheel, Trinidad. The deputies contacted the suspect 20 year old, Michael Otis Springs.The deputies arrested Springs for Burglary and placed his hands in handcuffs behind his back.
As one of the deputies was walking Springs to the patrol vehicle he was able to break free from their control and run off into the woods. Deputies pursued Springs on foot, but lost sight of him. A K-9 responded to the scene from the Eureka Police Department in an attempt to locate Springs. After an extensive search by law enforcement they were unable to locate Springs.
The Sheriff Office issued a Be-on-the-Lookout (BOL) to other law enforcement agencies to arrest Springs for burglary and escape from a peace officer. Springs is described as a white, male, 5’-10” in height, 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Mike Downey

Brutal attack on Dorothy Ulrich captured on audio minutes before Jason Warren is identified by law enforcement leaving her house on surveillance camera

Photo of Dorothy Ulrich courtesy her mother, Mrs. Shirley Ortega.

This is what Mr. Sequeira said in his opening statement, "The video IDs him as the killer, the audio IDs him as the killer, the fibers ID him as the killer, the glass IDs him as the killer, the DNA IDs him as the killer."

As the People's witnesses are taking the stand, evidence and testimony presented by the People is reiterating this statement.

This morning's testimony in the Jason Warren trial was by former Hoopa Tribe's Chief of Police, Robert Kane, Sr. and lead investigator in Dorothy Ulrich's homicide, HCSO's Detective Cheryl Franco.

Mr. Kane Sr, testified that when he watched the surveillance video from the Ulrich residence, the person he saw leaving the scene around 4:30 a.m. that morning was someone he was familiar with since "his teens." He said the resolution on the image that he viewed with other law enforcement on Sept 27, 2012 had better resolution and clearer images than the one shown in court. As he watched the make subject leave, he said he blurted out "that it was Jason Warren."

Detective Franco's testimony took up most of the morning, she is still on the witness stand being questioned by Mr. Paul Sequeira. When the jury returns for the afternoon, they will hear the entire audio played that recorded the brutal attack on Ulrich, between 4:21 a.m and 4:25 a.m. on September 27, 2012.

A portion of that audio were played during Mr. Sequeira's opening statement, where Dorothy Ulrich can be heard begging for her life. That select portion from the opening statement is:

On the audio, you heard silence and then Ulrich's voice, "Oww, Oww. What are you doing?" You hear sounds like a thud. Please stop, Please stop, Jason, stop you are hurting me. What are you doing? Jason, stop,  Jason, please, stop, what are you doing? Jason, please, stop it." You hear whacking sounds. "Jason, aah, Jason, I can't do this, oww, "  You hear a man's voice say what sounds like be quiet. "Oww the silence."

Detective Franco said that she counted approximately "59 to 65" times she heard a whacking or thud like sound during the attack.

Today as Detective Franco took the stand, she went into details of interviewing witnesses, assigning tasks, listening and watching audio and video surveillance from September 26 and September 27 from the Ulrich security system. This took her 11 days. Stating specific times and details, she testified to the movements and observations about Ulrich and Warren. At 11;09 p.m. Warren is heard talking to someone on the phone saying "he is bored."

There were two stipulations filed in court this morning. In one, the prosecution and defense agreed that the chain of events regarding the DVR taken from Ulrich's security system, the chain of custody to the preparation of video shown in court. The second one is about the audio of the attack which was sent to the FBI to enhance clarity.

In additional names mentioned by Detective Franco about who she spoke with, Warren's wife Ti-san-che Lincoln's name came up for the first time. She was detained when Warren was arrested driving away in her truck. Her cell phone was in the truck. A forensic download revealed incoming and missed calls from Eddier Koch's number on September 27, 2012. Koch's residence is where Warren went after allegedly abandoning the KIA on California Street. Lincoln, at the preliminary hearing for Warren identifies his voice on the audio during the attack on Ulrich.

Nov 11, 2015

"When it becomes personal, it becomes community"

The above quote is from Dale Maples at the installation of military banners at the Eureka boardwalk on F Street. The Maples family, Humboldt Masonic Lodge No. 79 and the City of Eureka all are responsible for getting this project done.

"This seemed like a good way to recognize those in service locally," said Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks. "When Dale Maples approached the City, it was very intriguing to the City Council and they thought this would be a good way to build community pride."

Attending this morning were Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass, Eureka Mayor Frank Jager, who spoke on behalf of the City of Eureka. Councilmembers Melinda Ciarabellini and Natalie Arroyo were present this morning and then headed out to the Adorni Center for the Veteran's Day Event organized by the City of Eureka and Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.

"We were contacted by the Dales Maples," said Allan Nielsen, a member of Humboldt Masonic Lodge No. 79. "We thought it was a nice idea to honor men and women that serve in the armed forces from the City of Eureka."

Mayor Jager thanked the Maples family and the Humboldt Masonic Lodge No. 79. "We are proud to have these banners," he said. "These men and women deserve our gratitude. We have a lot of people who would do harm and these men and women keep our way of life safe."

Dale Maples said, "I love Eureka." He particularly thanked Sparks and Miles Slattery from the City of Eureka, thanked Eureka City Council, especially, "Melinda Ciarabellini and Natalie Arroyo for being our champions on City Council" and "finally the Veterans and their families."

"This is a way for us Eurekans to know the men and women and see their faces, " said Maples. "When you make it personal, it becomes community."

Related posts:

Dale Maples and Virginia Bass

Melinda Ciarabellini and Greg Sparks

One of the many banners on the F street boardwalk.

Allan Nielsen and Josh Reed from Humboldt Masonic Lodge 79

Humboldt County Supervisor Rex Bohn, Eureka Councilmember Marian Brady, former Eureka Councilmember Mike Newman, Undersheriff William Honsal, local businessman John Fullerton and Chuck Ellsworth were among the packed crowd at the Adorni Center.

Nov 10, 2015

"We do have a logging plan", do the charges against Timothy Littlefield Sr, Roscoe Littlefield and 5 other co-defendants have any muscle?

The arraignment for Timothy Littlefield Sr, Roscoe Littlefield and five other co-defendants was finally completed today.

One of the co-defendants, Robert Keller, represented by Conflict Counsel's Mr. Marek Reavis was arraigned at the last court hearing, entered a time waiver and signed a 977 form so he was excused from today's hearing.

Timothy Littlefield, Sr. is being represented by Mr. Russ Clanton, Hayden Taylor by Mr. Neal Sanders, Roscoe Littlefield by Mr. Benjamin Okin, Logan Blackshire by Allan Dollison, Speak Keller by Alternate Conflict Counsel's Ms. Jennifer Dixon (who subbed in today for Mr. Glenn Brown as he is busy with the Jason Warren case), and Devon Greer by Public Defender Mr. Casey Russo.

All co-defendants entered pleas of not guilty, waived the 10 and 60 day requirement. Mr. Sanders and Mr. Clanton reserved the right to demurrer, on behalf of their clients. Judge John Feeney said that all co-defendants could file 977 waivers if they wished.

A disposition and reset hearing is set for January 27, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 5.

Deputy District Attorney A.J. Kamada is prosecuting this case.

After court, Littlefield Sr, told me, "We do have a logging plan." I told him I could cover what was said in court or in legal documents filed, and perhaps he should talk to his attorney before commenting about the charges to me, atleast at this stage.

Roscoe Littlefield and Timothy Littlefield charged in a seven co-defendant case involving marijuana cultivation, timber operations without a license and 4 other counts

Seven co-defendant case had an arraignment scheduled to take place in Courtroom 5 this afternoon which includes Roscoe Littlefield and Timothy Littlefield,Sr. The arraignment was postponed until November 10 at 2 p.m. so private attorneys could be confirmed as counsel for 4 co-defendants, including Littlefield Sr who said he was going to try and retain Mr. Russ Clanton, who is representing his son Timothy Littlefield, Jr in another case.

Private attorneys Mr. Allan Dollison, Mr. Ben Okin and Mr. Neal Sanders will be asked by the Court to see if they can represent three co-defendants.

The offices of Public Defender, Conflict Counsel and Alternate Conflict Counsel were appointed for three defendants this afternoon but only one of them signed a 977 waiver, was arraigned and is excused from the November 10 arraignment. Conflict Counsel's Mr. Marek Reavis is his attorney.

Six counts, three felonies and three misdemeanors are alleged in this case for each co-defendant. The incident for which these seven men were being arraigned occurred "on and about July 21, 2014" according to the complaint. Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads was present for the People.

Count 1 is possession of marijuana for sale, a felony. Count 2 is cultivating marijuana, a felony. Count 3 is allowing a place for preparing or storing a controlled substance, a felony. Count 4 is Timber operations without a license, a misdemeanor. Count 5 is Timber operations without a harvest plan, a misdemeanor. Count 6 is Misuse of Timberlands, a misdemeanor.

Littlefield Sr, has been featured on Pot Cops.
He also lost a lawsuit against Humboldt County and the Court of appeals ruled that the seizure and destruction of  over1,500 pounds of marijuana was lawful.

Kailan Meserve 995 motion to dismiss 15 counts including sexual battery, kidnapping and forcible rape continued and case sent to Judge Miles

A motion to dismiss information in the Kailan Meserve case was scheduled this afternoon in Courtroom 5 to be heard by Judge Joyce Hinrichs. Cases for  Courtroom 5  were called in Courtroom 1 this afternoon.

The defense had filed a motion to dismiss information, the People filed an opposition and then the defense filed a reply to the People's opposition.

Mr. Russ Clanton, who is representing Meserve, told Judge John Feeney, "this is a lengthy matter that has been under consideration by Judge Hinrichs. We ask that the matter be set over for two weeks."

Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett who is prosecuting the case agreed. She said the People needed time to look over the defense's response to the prosecution's opposition to the 995 and see if they will file a response.

Judge Feeney said he had received an email today at 1:15 from Judge Hinrichs, who is the presiding Judge for Humboldt Superior Court. She had given two dates and wanted the matter calendered before Judge Miles.

The 995 motion to dismiss will be heard on December 1 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2.

Bail was originally at two million and the DA's office asked it be paid by legitimate means. Meserve made bail and is out of custody. Kailan Meserve was in court with his father Dave Meserve.

Oct 22, 2015

Will all charges be dismissed against Kailan Meserve, these include forcible rape, sexual battery and kidnapping

Kailan Meserve had been charged with 19 counts such as sexual battery, kidnapping, forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, criminal threats, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and the case involves two female victims.

After his preliminary hearing in August, one count dismissed by People, two counts not held to answer; Kailan Meserve held to answer on 15 counts including forcible rape.

The two counts Meserve was not held to answer was first degree residential burglary and assault to commit a felony during the commission of a first degree burglary.

Meserve's attorney Mr. Russ Clanton filed a motion to dismiss information on October 20. Deputy District Attorney Brie Bennett is prosecuting this case. The hearing on this motion is scheduled for November 10 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 5.

The only media coverage on this case has been on my blog.

Sep 3, 2015

Kailan Meserve jury trial set for January 19, arraigned today on 17 felony counts

Kailan Meserve was arraigned on information this afternoon is Courtroom 2 on 17 felony counts with two special allegations. He is being represented by Bay area attorney Randolph Darr and local attorney Mr. Russ Clanton, who made a general appearance today for Mr. Darr.

Meserve was only accompanied in court today by his father, Dave Meserve. A time waiver was entered. Deputy District Attorney Zack Curtis is prosecuting the case but DDA David Christensen handled the arraignment today for the People.

Jury trial is January 19th at 8:30 a.m., Trial Readiness is January 13 at 1 p.m., and Trial Confirmation is December 3 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 2.

Previous post (with other links):

Badly beaten man hospitalized allegedly started altercation and kicked his girlfriend and their dog, then attacked two men who came to her rescue

On 11-06-2015 at approximately 5:44 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, assisted by a California DFW Game Warden, were dispatched to the 23000 block of Howard Street in Covelo to investigate a reported assault. The Game Warden was first on scene and contacted a badly beaten adult male, later identified as Karl Gage. Gage was transported to a trauma hospital in Redding, CA via air ambulance.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and began to gather evidence and interview the involved parties.  Witnesses stated that Gage and his cohabitant girlfriend were staying in a trailer in the backyard of a residence. They began to argue. Gage kicked the dog he and his girlfriend share. He then threw a chair at her, missing the victim but causing two men to come to her aid. They tried to protect the victim by bringing her into a house.

Gage attacked both of them with a knife, lacerating one man's hand and the other man's neck. Both victim's injuries were small lacerations and not life threatening. Gage was punched and kicked by the victims until he ceased his violent actions and walked away from the property.

Gage's injuries were serious in nature and he remains hospitalized. A case has been submitted to the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office requesting charges be filed against Gage.

Warren jury sees still image and video of Ulrich's front porch with a man leaving with a long stick like object

Gary Woffinden, a former law enforcement officer who had prior contact with Jason Warren from his work assisted in identifying the male figure leaving Dorothy Ulrich's front porch carrying a long black stick like object.

Woffingen said that the last time he had seen Warren was two weeks prior to September 27, 2012. He recognized Warren based on his particular style of attire that included jersey tops and long baggy shorts.

He was confident it was Warren 90 to 95 percent upon first viewing the video
but after seeing the video frames repeatedly and seeing Warren walk in and out, he was a 100 percent positive.

Resolution expected and change of plea in case of Lindsay Kaminsky who has been charged with stabbing her husband

A psych evaluation for Lindsay Kaminsky is most likely to result in a resolution and change of plea, maybe in a week. Both prosecution and defense agreed on this today.

New charges filed against Hoopa teen arrested for stabbing of 52 year old in Arcata

Today, 18 year old Richard Dean already facing charges in the stabbing of 52 year old Anthony Michael Pennucci was arraigned on new charges, two felonies and three misdemeanors. Dean appeared in court in front of Judge John Feeney. He was shackled in chains and dressed in a red jumpsuit which means that the inmate is in "administrative segregation."

Count 1 attempted second degree robbery, Count 2 criminal threats with a special allegation that Dean used a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime, a knife, Count 3 is vandalism and Counts 4 and 5 are petty theft. Counts 3, 4 and 5 are misdemeanors.

Bail in this new case was set at $140,000.

Deputy District Attorney David Christiansen was present for the People.

Public Defender Casey Russo entered not guilty pleas and denial of the special allegation on behalf of Dean. A 10 day time waiver was entered for the preliminary hearing. The date for that hearing in this case is December 14, with an intervention hearing scheduled for December 13.

No other media was in court.

As a mother of a Marine who has been deployed three times overseas and wounded in action I am grateful that this community truly appreciates the sacrifices made by these young men and women every day."

For Supervisor Virginia Bass, like many mothers, Veteran's Day has personal significance.

I just spoke with Supervisor Bass about the installation of the military banners tomorrow at the Eureka Boardwalk.

"I'm very thankful to the Masonic Lodge the various recruiters and the Maples family for making this happen. I understand that this is only the beginning and soon we will have many more local faces on the banners reminding us how fortunate we are to live in a community with so many young people in the Armed Forces.
As a mother of a Marine who has been deployed three times overseas and wounded in action I am grateful that this community truly appreciates the sacrifices made by these young men and women every day."

Dorothy Ulrich's mother leaves courtroom, many family and supporters cover eyes as graphic bloody photos of Hoopa crime scene are shown to Warren jury

The second witness this morning was former HCSO Evidence Technician Karen Quenell. Ms. Quenell was still being questioned by Mr. Sequeira when the morning court session ended.

Ms. Quenell had assisted CHP with taking photos and locating some items from the hit and run on Myrtle Avenue, which resulted in the death of Suzanne Seemann.

Later that day she was the evidence tech to process the scene and assist the Deputy Coroner in removing Dorothy Ulrich's body.

As crime scene photos she took flashed on the computer screen, absent from the courtroom was Dorothy Ulrich's mother, Mrs. Shirley Ortega. Before they were shown, Mr. Paul Sequeira looked over at her. Other Ulrich family members that stayed in the courtroom, Hank Seemann, and some other supporters put their head down as graphic bloody photos of Dorothy Ulrich lying on the floor. With other photos, some of them covered their mouth. A gentleman, I believe to be Mrs. Ortega's brother-in-law held his wife hand as she looked away from the projector screen and glared at Jason Warren.'

While testimony was going on and photos were being shown, Warren sat nonchalant and scribbled on a note pad showing no reaction.

Photos of the REVO surveillance monitor of the security system in Dorothy Ulrich's house, with "apparent blood stain" was pointed out by Ms. Quenell. You could see at least three stains starting from the lower center going up towards the upper right side of the monitor.

The DVR portion was taken out and viewed by several multi-agency law enforcement personnnel on the scene which included HCSO, Tribal Officers and State Patrol. Ms. Quenell testified "We awere trying to determine the person seen on the video."

The most graphic photos were of Dorothy Ulrich lying on the floor, her head matted in a pool of blood, with smears and blood spatter on the box next to her. Even through the thick blood on her arms, you could see slashes.

The broken blue lanyard that was photographed next to her body, identified by her husband, was then taken out of the evidence box by Quenell and shown again to the jury.

Boxes, a broken milk crate, a suitcase next to Dorothy Ulrich's body splattered with blood and tufts of hair that Ms. Quennell said "appeared to be sheared" were shown. Photos of a sword/dagger and another sword found in the living room and a bedroom were also shown. The sword, part of the set identified by Timothy Ulrich, Dorothy Ulrich's husband was identified again by Quenell.

Ms. Quenell testified that when the Deputy Coroner arrived, a preliminary examination at the crime scene showed "stab wounds on the back."

There was a photo of the ceiling in the living room with blood spatter and some spatter on top of the front door, approximately two feet from where Dorothy Ulrich's body was found.

City of Eureka, Humboldt Masonic Lodge and Dale Maples to honor veterans tomorrow morning at the Eureka Waterfront by installing military banners

The City of Eureka is joining with Humboldt Masonic Lodge No. 79 and Dale
Maples to install banners along the Eureka Waterfront.

The banners will honor our local service men and women who are serving their country. The banners will hang on the city-owned light poles along the boardwalk starting at the foot of F
Street, and will display a photo and the military branch affiliation of the men and
women currently in the service. City staff have installed the first banners.

On Wednesday morning, November 11, at 10 AM at the foot of F Street there will be a recognition of
those served. Come join us to honor these men and women and their families.

"OMG she's bloody, OMG, she's dead", Blood curdling screams heard as friend and sister law discover Dorothy Ulrich's body

Testimony in the Jason Warren case this morning started with CHP Officer Eric Nelson

DA Investigator Martin Perrone, who has been assisting Mr. Paul Sequeira, notified Ulrich family members before a photo of Ulrich lying face down in a pool of blood was shown. Her mother, Mrs. Shirley Ortega left the courtroom for part of this testimony. This happened twice this morning.

Officer Nelson testified that as he heard,Maria Ulrich and,Tiffany Martin pry open the front door, then "I heard a scream, the type of scream in a horror movie, unadulterated, blood curdling screams, multipl screams," said Officer Nelson.

Tribal Officer Kane and Officer Nelson had backed away to allow Maria Ulrich and Tiffany Martin to enter the home first since they were the ones to get permission from Dorothy Ulrich's husband to break into the home, heard the screams,  drew their weapons and entered the home to find Dorothy Ulrich lying face down in a pool of blood, the photo showed a bloody arm and you could see brain matter in the skull area and coagulated blood on the floor.

He heard a female voice, not sure if it was Maria Ulrich or Tiffany Martin saying, "OMG, she's bloody, OMG, she's dead."

"I saw a slumped body lying in blood," said Officer Nelson.

On cross examination by Mr. Glenn Brown, Warren's attorney, Officer Nelson said he had spoken to a neighbor, Tammy Evenson, prior to entering the home, she said that between the early hours of "3:10 and 3:30" a.m. on September 27, 2012, she heard a female voice "cussing and yelling."

Material witness warrant issued for Eddie Koch who left in middle of testimony yesterday in Warren case

Eddie Koch Jr
Posted On: November 10, 2015
Office of the District Attorney - Maggie Fleming, District Attorney
News Release
November 10, 2015
Eddie Koch Jr. (DOB: 11-14-90) is a subpoenaed and material witness in the People v. Warren homicide trial currently underway in Humboldt County Superior Court #4, the Honorable Timothy P. Cissna presiding.
On 11-09-15, Koch testified briefly, then failed to return to court after a brief recess.
After several attempts to locate Koch proved unsuccessful, Judge Cissna issued a no bail warrant for Koch’s arrest.
District Attorney Investigators and local law enforcement are actively searching for Koch, and anyone with information regarding his current whereabouts is urged to call local law enforcement.

Nov 9, 2015

"She wasn't moving. I don't want to describe what I seen."

Most poignant testimony came from Tiffany Martin who described her relationship with Dorothy Ulrich saying " we were inseparable." As she testified, she almost teared up at times. Alongwith Dorothy Ulrich's sister-in-law Maria, she discovered Dorothy Ulrich's body through the front door. "She wasn't moving. I don't want to describe what I seen."

As she left the courtroom, she hugged Dorothy Ulrich's mother.

Martin spent the day with Dorothy Ulrich on September 26, 2012 and was over at her house daily. She described them as very close friends. "We were inseparable."

Jason Warren's best friend whose house he was hanging out before arrested is MIA, testimony is on hold

After afternoon break, Eddie Coch did not return to the witness stand. We are all out in the hallway. Courthouse security and DA Investigators were unable to locate him.

This is a deja vu of the Jason Arreaga case where Jerry Bachus left and had to be taken into custody to testify.

Testimony resumed with EPD Officer Patrick Bishop and EPD Detective Todd Wilcox testifying about Jason Warren's arrest and subsequent processing of clothes and evidence.

Photos of Warren's shoe taken after he was arrested showed reddish stains on the right shoe and red streaks in the seams.

Another new Deputy District Attorney hired today checks out Jason Warren jury trial

Christopher Yi along with another newly hired Deputy District Attorney checked out the Jason Warren jury trial for a bit this morning.

Press Release:

Today Humboldt County District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced the hiring of Deputy District Attorney Christopher Yi of Fountain Valley. Mr. Yi will be handling a misdemeanor caseload. He is a graduate of California State University Fullerton and Whittier Law School. Mr. Yi has one year of experience prosecuting misdemeanors for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and has served as a law clerk in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Warren's attorney surprises Dorothy Ulrich's husband with, "Do you know why your wife would have Jason Warren fix the camera that looks out on the backyard?"

The last witness this morning was Timothy Ulrich Sr., Dorothy Ulrich's husband. His testimony took up the majority of the morning, describing in detail the security system he had installed in his home, identifying photographs of his home.

The jury got to see the smaller of the Samurai swords, part of a set Timothy Ulrich had bought as collectible and, one similar to the alleged murder weapon which was never found.

Timothy Ulrich had only seen Jason Warren in passing and did not recognize him in the courtroom. His testimony took up most of the morning session.

During cross examination, Timothy Ulrich was surprised by a question asked by Warren's attorney, Mr. Glenn Brown. "Do you know why your wife would have Jason Warren fix the camera that looks out on the backyard?"

Timothy Ulrich said he was not aware of any problems with the camera. When he testified earlier, he said he was not aware of any friendship Warren had with his family.

On a surveillance video seen earlier that morning from the Hoopa mini-mart, you see Dorothy Ulrich beckoning and leaving with Warren. In his opening statements, Mr. Paul Sequeira claimed that Warren was helping Ulrich move.

Jury sees security video of the last time Dorothy Ulrich was seen alive with Jason Warren

The friend who lent Dorothy Ulrich the KIA and the manager of the Hoopa mini mart testified this morning. Jury saw surveilance video with Dorothy Ulrich and Jason Warren at the mini-mart.

Jury saw Jason Warren meet Dorothy Ulrich on September 26, 2012. The surveilance video is last time anyone saw her alive. Deborah Norton, the owner of the KIA had spoken to Dorothy Ulrich earlier in the day before she was killed.

Nov 8, 2015

Remembering Curtis Otto and the first time I met him

Very sad to hear that Curtis Otto passed. I wrote this in 2012. The last time I saw Otto was at Sewell Gallery. He always remembered our last conversation and when he talked, he made you feel as if time had not passed.

He was so humble and that was one of the many things I liked about him. When we met last, he was being honored and asked me for a printed copy of what I had written about meeting him. I had forgotten mentioning that to him, but remember telling him how much his painting meant to me and meeting him that day.

For a man of such extraordinary talent and fame to care about about every single person that crossed his path, shows what an incredible loss this is to more than just the art community.

May he rest in peace.

Mar 18, 2012

Scene on Foot

One of my favorite things that helps me to relax is to walk.  I have met many interesting people, seen sights that can only be enjoyed on foot and discovered Eureka from a unique perspective.

I must have passed this house on E Street many times and always thought it looked very colorful and different but it was just another house, different from others, which is one of Eureka’s appeal. Houses, like people, have their own distinct character and style.

A painting in the yard of this house caught my eye. After my daily cup of coffee, I went back to the house for a closer look. It was a painting of Tsurai Beach with those letters boldly stenciled on the painting. Trinidad is my favorite place in Humboldt County and that day I was thinking of how wonderful it would be to go there. I was also thinking of the rich Native American history of Humboldt County and the local tribes.

The second time I went back there, the artist was out in the yard and introduced himself to me as “Otto”. He was very modest. Later when I found out later that he was THE Curtis Otto, the experience I had that day grew in its significance.

Art can speak volumes and touch people and open their minds. I have personal reasons why seeing that painting for me was special. For Otto, he wanted to make a statement. Otto told me he had been working on this painting for years but there was something that seemed “incomplete.” Adding the words Tsurai Beach, added that final touch for him. He said he never did like the name Trinidad, because it did not conjure up Humboldt County. “Trinidad is in Spain,” he said. “This beach and the name Tsurai  is what the Indians called the area and I wish they would change the name back because this is their land.”

I have to agree with Otto.

This happened when I first moved to Eureka. Since then Otto and I have had several conversations about many things but that day always brings a smile to my face. I learned more about Tsurai Beach and Eureka from him than I could have reading any books or doing research. But most of all Otto, thank you for reminding me that I too can make a difference—my gift is with words.